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Undergraduate Course: Introduction to Global Crime and Justice (LAWS08143)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course will introduce the study of global crime and justice, a developing field of inquiry which examines the impact of global changes on issues that pertain to crime and punishment. The purpose of the course is to both study criminal phenomena and the available responses to them on the global level as well as to explore the ways in which these issues supplement but also challenge our conventional thinking about crime and punishment. In that sense, the course will cover key problems that pertain to global crime and justice and will also provide the students with the necessary skills to critically assess the challenges posed by supranational phenomena and the adequacy of responses that we currently have.
Course description The course will be divided into three segments:

1. Theoretical, definitional and methodological issues: 3 sessions will be devoted to explaining the notion of global crime and justice, key criminological theories which help us understand such phenomena, and relevant dynamics and institutions
2. Global crimes: the central part (5 sessions) will explore the most important global criminal phenomena including transborder (organized) crime, terrorism and similar offences, atrocity crimes, 'crimmigration', the relationship between crime and development, and 'green' criminology
3. Global responses: the last 3 sessions will be devoted to examining the way in which we respond to global phenomena by way of policing, prosecution and adjudication, as well as through 'alternative' models of conflict resolution (transitional justice)

An indicative teaching programme is as follows:

Week 1: Introduction - Global crime and justice
Week 2: Theoretical and conceptual issues in studying global crime and justice
Week 3: Institutions and dynamics of global crime and justice - Globalization and 'glocalization'
Week 4: Global and transborder (organized) crime
Week 5: Terrorism, insecurity and hate crimes
Week 6: Atrocity crimes
Week 7: Global regulation of immigration
Week 8: Crime and development/Green criminology
Week 9: Global policing, prosecution and adjudication
Week 10: Transitional justice
Week 11: Conclusions - lessons for a global criminology
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  262
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 7, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 165 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course will be assessed by way of an examination worth 100% of the course grade.
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Knowledge of the meaning and nature of global crime problems and appropriate responses; identification of key distinctions between dealing with domestic and global crimes; understanding of challenges which pertain to global crime problems
  2. In-depth knowledge of particular criminal phenomena (such as organized crime, atrocity crimes, terrorism) and forms of responses (such as transnational police forces, international criminal tribunals and the ICC, transitional justice mechanisms)
  3. A discerning understanding of the most relevant criminological theories as they apply to problems of global crime and justice, as well as appropriate concepts and terminology
  4. An awareness of key social changes that have influenced global crime, such as globalization, development of new technologies, neo-liberalism
Reading List
Aas, K. F. (2007) Globalization and Crime. London: Sage.
Aas, K.F. (2010) 'Global Criminology', in McLaughlin E. and Newburn, T. (eds.), The Sage Handbook
of Criminological Theory, London: Sage.
Andreas, P. and, Nadelmann, E. (2008) Policing the Globe: Criminalization and Crime Control in International Relations. New York: Oxford University Press.
Beirne P. and South N. (eds) (2013) Issues in Green Criminology: Confronting Crimes against Environments, Humanity and other Animals. London: Routledge.
Bosworth, M (2008) 'Border Control and the Limits of the Sovereign State', Socio Legal Studies,
17(2): 199-215.
Christie, N. (2000) Crime Control as Industry: Towards Gulags, Western Style. London: Routledge.
Edwards A. and Gill, P. (eds) (2003) Transnational Organized Crime. London: Routledge.
Findlay, M. (2003) The Globalization of Crime: Understanding Transnational Relationships in Context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Friedrichs E. (2007) 'Transnational crime and global criminology: Definitional, typological, and
contextual conundrums', Social Justice, 34(2): 4-18.
Giddens, A. (1990) The Consequences of Modernity. Cambridge: Polity.
Hudson, B. (2003) Justice in the Risk society: Challenging and Re-affirming Justice in Late-Modernity. London: Sage.
Jakobi, A. (2013) Common Goods and Evils? The Formation of Global Crime Governance. Oxford:
Oxford University Press.
Karstedt, S. (2001), ;Comparing cultures, comparing crime: Challenges, prospects and problems for a global criminology', Crime, Law and Social Change, 36: 285-308.
Loader, I. and, Sparks, R. (2002) 'Contemporary landscapes of crime, order and control', in M.
Maguire et al. (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Criminology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Makarenko, T. (2004), 'The Crime-terror conundrum: Tracing the interplay between transnational
organized crime and terrorism', Global Crime, 1: 129-145.
McCulloch, J. and Pickering, S. (eds) (2012), Borders and Crime: Pre-Crime, Mobility and Serious
Harm in an Age of Globalization. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Reichel, P. and Albanese, J. (eds) (2014) The Handbook of Transnational Crime and Justice.
London: Sage.
Robertson, R. (1995) 'Glocalization: time-space and homogeneity - heterogeneity?', in M. Featherstone, S. Lash and R. Robertson (eds), Global Modernities. London: Sage.
Sheptycki, J. and Wardak, A. (eds) (2005) Transnational and Comparative Criminology. London: Glasshouse.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Skills and ability in Research and Enquiry:
- Knowledge and application of most relevant research in the area of global crime and justice
- Application and evaluation of conventional criminological theories to everyday problems of transnational crime and justice
- Ability to locate and engage with relevant literature and conduct independent research on the basis of essential literature provided
- Contribute to developing research and writing skills appropriate for undergraduate level of study

Skills and abilities in Personal and Intellectual Autonomy:
- Ability to engage independently with the assigned readings, comment on them and prepare for small tutorial tasks
- Develop critical skills to evaluate and assess ideas, concepts and opinions
- Ability to formulate independent opinions about readings and class discussions
- Ability to formulate independent responses to exam questions

Skills and abilities in Communication:
- Working in small groups to investigate small-scale problems and prepare short presentations for tutorials, developing an ability to communicate and contribute to discussions with a view of achieving shared goals during tutorials
- Working under limited guidance of the teacher in developing plans for tutorial presentations
- Ability to contribute in class, share and acknowledge opinions of others, contribute to class discussion in more general terms

Skills and abilities in Personal Effectiveness:
- Developing time management skills in preparation for lectures and tutorials as well as exam preparation
Additional Class Delivery Information Weekly lectures: 11 weeks x 2 hours = 22 hours
Tutorials: 7 weeks x 1 hour = 7 hours
Preparation for lectures/seminars/group work/revision = around 15.5 hours per teaching week
Keywordslaw,global crime,justice,criminology,global responses,justice
Course organiserDr Milena Tripkovic
Course secretaryMiss Emma Hughes
Tel: (0131 6)50 2008
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